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Old 04-21-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default North Santiam Greens Bridge-Jefferson Float

I know that last year just above the confluence, the river was a little sketchy with a new channel being established. Has anyone done the float recently or in the last couple of months want to share what it looks like in regards to previous years. Not a novice oarsman, but want to know what to expect if I do float that section.

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Old 04-21-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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I know that last year just above the confluence, the river was a little sketchy with a new channel being established. Has anyone done the float recently or in the last couple of months want to share what it looks like in regards to previous years. Not a novice oarsman, but want to know what to expect if I do float that section.

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I floated it several weeks ago and down by the confluence is very different than in years past but just stay to the left and all is good. It actually looks really fishy through that new stretch. Good luck!
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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floated it about 3 weeks ago, It was all clear. Shouldnt be a problem for you.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:15 PM   #4
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I floated that river twice in my life and Once was last May- There was not a rapid one There was a big Tree in the middle of the river just above the S. Santiam but you would have to be blind not to be able to make it through.. I actually ran my 8hp down that whole stretch, never rowed once! Then I read on Ifish how nasty the log jam was... What log jam? Near the farmers land that washed away?
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: North Santiam Greens Bridge-Jefferson Float

I think that they are referring to the one above Greens Bridge.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:55 PM   #6
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I know that last year just above the confluence, the river was a little sketchy with a new channel being established. Has anyone done the float recently or in the last couple of months want to share what it looks like in regards to previous years. Not a novice oarsman, but want to know what to expect if I do float that section.

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I floated it last Sunday and there weren't any issues. It had changed a little even since January when I went through in a sled. As mentioned, the main channel is on your left and goes around a large root wad. I actually scooted by on the right side of the root wad. You won't have any problems. I think the river was at 4.4 when I went through.
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:03 PM   #7
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I floated that river twice in my life and Once was last May- There was not a rapid one There was a big Tree in the middle of the river just above the S. Santiam but you would have to be blind not to be able to make it through.. I actually ran my 8hp down that whole stretch, never rowed once! Then I read on Ifish how nasty the log jam was... What log jam? Near the farmers land that washed away?
Years ago the left channel wasnt even a channel. The old right channel is a dry creek bed now. And the log jam above the confluence was cut back last june, or perhaps the june before, Im not real certian. That section of river has changed so much in the last 5 or 6 years. The real dangerous log jams are from shelburn to GB. And those change on every high water event. But from GB to jefferson, your good to go.
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:11 PM   #8
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Beautiful river- was a very nice float
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:31 PM   #9
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Beautiful river- was a very nice float
You should see the upper river. Hands down some of the most beautiful water you'll ever see.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:27 PM   #10
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The cottonwood they cut and pulled out last May floated back down and into the left channel in the last bend just above the confluence, a couple of weeks ago in the really high water. Right now you can go to the right side of the root ball in a driftboat, but wouldn't attempt going to the left with a drift boat, because the trunk could catch you and dump you. In a sled you can run the left side, since you would just hop it. When the water drops it will probably be pretty sketchy. I talked to one of the people who pulled the tree out last year with a D-8 Cat and he already knew about it and was going to get in contact with the marine board to see if they wanted to get someone to cut it up and he would pull it out with his excavator since he is doing some work for the farmer that has the field next to it.

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Old 04-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #11
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Yeah it did look like a tight fit on the left, but I had plenty of water to go to the right in my DB. The water was at 4.3 when I went.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:42 PM   #12
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The left side has tons of room, but the trunk of the tree makes it dangerous for a drift boat, the right side is the tight side and will get even tighter when the water drops. Also when I say left or right I am referring to the river left or right side when you are going downstream. I drifted it last Wednesday and looked at it from my sled some today, but decided not to fish the North today.
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:31 AM   #13
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Yeah it did look like a tight fit on the left, but I had plenty of water to go to the right in my DB. The water was at 4.3 when I went.
4.3 reading at Jefferson? Getting some mixed signals here. I am no amature on the oars but still respect anothers opinion. Is this spot navigable by a drift boat on the right side at 4.3 reading at Jefferson or higher?
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4.3 reading at Jefferson? Getting some mixed signals here. I am no amature on the oars but still respect anothers opinion. Is this spot navigable by a drift boat on the right side at 4.3 reading at Jefferson or higher?

most likely the river gauge refered to is the North Santiam at Mehama
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #15
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4.3 reading at Jefferson? Getting some mixed signals here. I am no amature on the oars but still respect anothers opinion. Is this spot navigable by a drift boat on the right side at 4.3 reading at Jefferson or higher?

It was the reading at Mehema.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:07 AM   #16
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Default Re: North Santiam Greens Bridge-Jefferson Float

Mehama gage is dropping below 4. Any updates on that status of this log (how much room on right) as it drops would be welcome.

Safety first!

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:49 AM   #17
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How long does it take to do this drift? I've done Stayton to Shelburn and Stayton all the way to Greens bridge, but never Greens to Jefferson and thinkin bout doin it within the next week.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:34 AM   #18
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depends how long you fish it. 4-8 hours.
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